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The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA, United States

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, even at a seasoned 60 years old, is all about the new—the here and now of contemporary works for orchestra. To quote Financial Times music critic Allan Ulrich, “…in the surf mecca of Santa Cruz, 75 miles south of San Francisco, the Cabrillo Festival has made the contemporary repertoire […]

Weekend With Shakespeare

UCSC Arboretum

Join Shakespeare scholars and artists for two days of lectures, discussions, and demonstrations about the 2023 Season’s main stage productions, The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear. The Weekend with Shakespeare Lecture Series is free, however seating is limited! Please email Rebecca Clark, Santa Cruz Shakespeare's Education Coordinator, at rebecca@santacruzshakespeare.org, to reserve your spot. […]

Susan Casey: The Underworld

Bookshop Santa Cruz 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

FREE IN-STORE EVENT: Bookshop welcomes New York Times bestselling author Susan Casey (The Wave) for a discussion of The Underworld, her awe-inspiring portrait of the mysterious world beneath the waves, and of the men and women who seek to uncover its secrets. "A fascinating account of the ocean below its twilight zone." —Kirkus Reviews, starred […]

Slugs and Steins with Professor Eric Porter: What Can We Learn from the Airport?

Virtual Event

For many people, airports may seem like alienating “nonplaces”—as anthropologist Marc Augé put it—where we rush to make connections and spend long, monotonous hours waiting for delayed flights. But airports are fascinating sites that can tell us a lot about the places where they are situated. Among other things, they are complex infrastructures where people, […]

Leaning Toward Light: An Evening of Poetry with Tess Taylor, Danusha Laméris & Ellen Bass

Bookshop Santa Cruz 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

FREE IN-STORE EVENT: Bookshop welcomes poets Tess Taylor, Danusha Laméris, and Ellen Bass for a reading of their beautiful anthology Leaning Toward Light: Poems for Gardens & the Hands that Tend Them, an inviting selection of poems from a wide range of voices that speak to the collective urge to grow, tend, and heal—an evocative […]

Nina Simon: Mother – Daughter Murder Night

Bookshop Santa Cruz 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes local author Nina Simon for a launch event to celebrate her captivating new novel, Mother-Daughter Murder Night—a fun, fresh, and twisty debut whodunnit about a grandmother-mother-daughter trio who come together as amateur sleuths to solve a murder in their coastal California town. This event is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at […]

Public Philosophy Network Conference

UC Santa Cruz

The 7th Public Philosophy Network Conference, on the theme of "Facing Technology: The Role of Public Philosophy," will be hosted by the Center for Public Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in partnership with the Baskin School of Engineering and the UC Santa Cruz Humanities Division. The conference is co-sponsored by the Humanities […]

Slugs and Steins with Professor Sharon Kinoshita – Rediscovering Marco Polo

Virtual Event

Few medieval figures enjoy greater name recognition than Marco Polo. Today, he is a brand whose name connotes exoticism, adventure, and East-West travel; academic critics sometime see him as the precursor to European explorers who cast a colonizing gaze over non-Western parts of the world. The source of all these images is the book usually […]

Jane Hirshfield – The Asking: New & Selected Poems

Bookshop Santa Cruz 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes acclaimed poet Jane Hirshfield for a reading and signing of her collection, The Asking: New & Selected Poems. This event is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz. The Asking is the long-awaited new and selected collection by the author of "some of the most important poetry in the […]

James Ellroy – The Enchanters

Bookshop Santa Cruz 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes bestselling author James Ellroy (American Tabloid, LA Confidential, My Dark Places) for a reading and signing of his new book The Enchanters, "A descent into the conspiracy hellhole of Hollywood in the early 1960s." —Kirkus Reviews. This event is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz. "Ellroy masterfully orchestrates […]